Should I Upgrade My Business Hardware and/or Software?
If there is ever an industry that seems to be in a continual state of change, the field of information technology is likely the one that comes to most people’s minds. Of course, it’s always exciting when a new market opens up because of changes in technology, or a tedious task becomes so much easier after an upgrade. Typically however, the path to improvement looks something like this:
- The old, comfortable way of doing things,
- Followed by a potentially bumpy road of transition,
- The company finally reaches the point where the upgrade is installed and working beautifully.
After this, both employees and business owners begin to see the inconvenience of the hardware and/or software upgrade was well worth it.
Since the world of technology is essentially going to always require periodic updates sooner or later, smart businesses are wise to create an upgrade strategy so they are always prepared for the inevitable changes that go along with an investment in IT.
Analyze the Upgrade
Sometimes hardware and software companies release upgrades that are not necessarily advantageous for all their customers. Before taking the actual step of upgrading, learn more about the changes and whether they will provide actual benefit for your particular business. If your analysis of the upgrade reveals that after installation your productivity levels will likely improve, or your data assets will have increased security, or you will have a useful increased capacity, then the upgrade is worth considering.
Plan and Prepare
If a business decides a specific upgrade will be beneficial to them, the next step is to create a plan outlining the steps needed to prepare for the upgrade. This may include considerations such as determining a good time to install the update, any employee training needed to become familiar with new methods, how to handle potential disruptions in business operations, etc.
Protect Corporate Data
With proper planning, an upgrade will likely install without too many hitches. However, it’s important to plan for a worst case scenario as well. As long as a business has a comprehensive data backup solution, they can recover from an upgrade gone awry. Before installing a major upgrade or update, it is worth it to actually test one’s current data restoration plan to ensure a smooth data recovery process is in place.